House Of The Dragon Star Recounts Freezing Up On His First Day Filming
While Cole as a character was nervous in Episode 4, the actor who portrays him was nervous from day one. On The Official Game of Thrones Podcast: House of the Dragon, Frankel opens up about how anxious he felt on the first day of filming. He became so fearful as his first time on camera approached that, when it came time to film his first scene, he completely froze up:
The camera finally got around to me and I swear to God I literally forgot how to act. I couldn’t do it! I didn’t know what to do. I remember going, ‘This is it, I’ve totally f—-d it.’
Frankel went on to recall how, wading through hundreds of background artists, former showrunner Miguel Sapochnik approached him to make sure he was okay. Soon enough, Frankel was able to get over his nerves and deliver a great performance as Criston Cole, overcoming any negative thoughts that may have plagued him. Even so, he admits that he’s still not over the memory of his first time on set. « It was just the worst f—–g experience of my life, » he continued.